June 12, 2018

To highlight the strengths of Seattle's life-science community, as well as its challenges, look no further than two major deals that kicked off 2018.

The first was Microsoft’s agreement to pursue an ambitious multi-disease diagnostic test with Fred Hutch spinout Adaptive Biotechnologies. If it works, it could be a major step forward in healthcare, combining artificial intelligence and immune system expertise. Microsoft, Amazon, and other tech giants are ramping up their presence in healthcare. In Seattle's urban boom, can information technology serve as a new foundation for Seattle’s life sciences economy?

The question looms even larger in light of the second major deal, which saw another anchor of Seattle’s biotech community, Juno Therapeutics, snapped up by an outside buyer. Juno will remain a standalone subsidiary—but what does its acquisition portend for Seattle’s biotechnology community? Will key Juno execs launch new enterprises? Can other major companies emerge from the local immunotherapy hub—one of the world’s most dynamic—to call their own shots? And beyond cancer, which diseases are Seattle startups poised to fight?

From health tech to high tech, and from basic research to biopharma R&D, we'll look at what's hot, and what's next, for Seattle life sciences. Join Xconomy on June 12 to discuss these provocative issues and more with the Emerald City’s top life science entrepreneurs, scientists, investors, and public health officials.

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